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Police officers were caught taking selfies as a family's home went up in flames

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Two officers who were hired to serve and protect could face disciplinary action for smiling and snapping a selfie on the job. 

A video from NBC New York shows two unnamed Long Island police officers posing for a selfie in front of a burning home in the suburb of Uniondale on Thursday. 

The fire destroyed the home but no one was injured.

Police Department officials told The Washington Post they are not taking the video lightly. 

“The contents of this video are very concerning to the department and are currently under investigation," Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told the Washington Post. "If these officers are found to be in violation of any department rules and regulations, they will be appropriately disciplined." 


Many neighbors told NBC New York that they were shocked to see officers acting in that way. 

"It's disgusting. I don't like that because it shows no concern about the people in the neighborhood," one neighbor told NBC New York.

Another neighbor, Emma Zaccarini, said the photo of the officers doesn't tell the whole story. She said prior to taking the photo, the officers helped an 86-year-old wheelchair-bound woman escape from the home next door. 

Still, many say the selfie was inappropriate and unprofessional at the time. 

Nassau County legislator Kevan Abrahams told NBC New York that it shows "the lowest level of professionalism."

The police department has not released further information on its internal police investigation.  

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